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Last fall, at Homecoming, the IUP Alumni Association recognized six Alumni Ambassador Award recipients who had been selected by college deans.

Presented annually, the awards honor alumni of recent decades for outstanding achievements. Recipients often speak to classes, make presentations, and participate in seminars and panels with current students.

Alumni Ambassador Awards

Alumni Ambassador award recipients posed with Alumni Association president David Reddecliff ’82, back row left, and university president Tony Atwater, back row center. Front row, left to right: Stephanie Myers Cooke and Joanna Ender-DiCiurcio.  Back row, left to right: Brian Stoltz, Jamie Perry, and Ryan Miller. Unable to be present: Chad Hurley. Photo: Keith Boyer

The 2006 awardees included Stephanie Myers Cooke ’96, general manager of the Bon-Ton in Lancaster, Pa.; Joanna Ender-DiCiurcio ’02, economic research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia; and Chad Hurley ’99, chief executive officer of YouTube, Inc., in Menlo Park, Calif.


Also, Ryan Miller ’02, senior associate in commercial real estate for CB Richard Ellis, Inc., in Washington, D.C.; Jamie Perry ’98, teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing in the Orange (Calif.) Unified School District; and Brian Stoltz ’93, associate professor of Chemistry at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

A few days after he was honored as a 2006 Alumni Ambassador, Chad Hurley appeared on the cover of Forbes magazine. His company, the video website YouTube, of which he was a 2005 founder, had just been sold to Google for $1.65 billion in stock. Photo reprinted by Permission of Forbes Magazine © 2006 Forbes Inc.